UNAMA hosts meeting with Hazara representatives
In a statement the mission said it invited participants for an open discussion, chaired by Pernille Kardel, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.
A broad range of issues were discussed, including the tragic July 23 suicide attack in Kabul claimed by Daesh against peaceful demonstrators, which resulted in the deaths of at least 85 civilians and injured more than 400 others.
The findings of UNAMA’s independent human rights investigation of the attack were shared with participants at the meeting.
UNAMA has produced a report on the attack as part of its mandated, and internationally respected, work on human rights in Afghanistan and the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The report will be released shortly.
Participants included Members of Parliament, representatives of civil society groups, including the Enlightening Movement, as well as Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission.
The mission said it was encouraged by the government’s readiness to invite members of the Hazara community, including the Enlightening Movement, for talks.
It welcomed the willingness of all sides to engage in dialogue an urges them to seize the opportunity.
While reaffirming the right of all Afghans to peaceful assembly, UNAMA called for the postponement of planned demonstrations.
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